Even though her degree is in Sociology, which technically has nothing to do with writing, all her previous jobs implied working for websites, taking care of content and writing articles.
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The media has always abounded in online privacy news, especially in the recent months. This last week has been quite special and we had witnessed both good and bad (although more bad than good) news. Looking at all of them closely, you can’t help but become utterly confused about how you should look upon technology these days.
Apart from the big and worrisome news regarding the end of net neutrality, several other cyber security-related things have happened. Let’s start with the most recent ones that also happen to be stories.
Mozilla to warn users about dangerous websites
Mozilla Firefox has announced that it will release a new useful feature that will warn users if they visit a website that suffered a data breach. This is part of a collaboration with “Have I Been Pwned” website that helps you check if your data has been hacked based on your email credentials. Now, this is useful stuff! However, the option won’t stop you from accessing the website, it’s just an informational procedure.
More than 2 billion people are living under online censorship
This is more than enough for CyberGhost team to continue our fight for the free internet in 2016 with even more power and over 650 servers worldwide.
But the news from the Web Index Report is not great: “The internet is less free, more unequal, and web users are at increasing risk of indiscriminate government surveillance”. In 2013, the report showed over 30% of Web Index countries were blocking politically or socially sensitive Web content to a moderate or extreme degree. In 2014 that figure went up to 38%.
“Many governments, companies, schools, and public access points use software to prevent Internet users from accessing certain websites and Internet services. This is called Internet filtering or blocking and is a form of censorship. Content filtering comes in different forms. Sometimes entire websites are blocked, sometimes individual web pages, and sometimes content is blocked based on keywords contained in it. One country might block Facebook entirely, or only block particular Facebook group pages—or it might block any page or web search with the words “falun gong” in it.”
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And in recent days, other massively used apps, such as Whatsapp, have been blocked for short periods in Brazil and United Arab Emirates.
The current censorship situation around the world
At the same time, there is a fragile legal frame to support online freedom, with 84% of the countries having no effective laws and practices to protect the privacy of online communications. China is leading the top of countries blocking and filtering the web content. According to the same report, Uruguay allows its citizens the most online freedom.
When governments really cross the line, violating fundamental rights, like Turkey, during the “Big Ban” from March 2014, when the government blocked several web pages and access to YouTube, Twitter and Soundcloud, international organizations and companies react strongly. Several countries pressured Erdogan’s government to release the ban and CyberGhost offerd 30.000 Premium keys to Turkish citizens so they can use the internet unrestricted.
So there is hope. Out of the 45 Web Index countries with extensive constraints on speech, only seven (about 16%) seem to censor more heavily online than offline.
What can you do?
Use a trusted VPN to access safely the censored content and protect themselves and their online privacy. In some cases, like the case of some journalists in conflict areas, even their life.
Here’s a video that explains how hiding your IP helps you unblock restricted websites and banned apps:
If you want to learn more on how to avoid being tracked online, read these 3 essential tips.
Does your government block access to an app or website? Enter here and tell us which ones and we will fight to help you unblock them with Cyberghost.
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So we just have to keep on reporting the abuses and demanding better laws to sustain online privacy for everybody, while using encrypted online connection.
The future will not only be about thinner, faster, and bendable smartphones, but it will definitely also be about security and bigger online threats.
Let’s imagine a scenario where you don’t need to take photos anymore because Google will simply choose the best pictures from a live stream of the day’s events just to make your life easier.
Soon you won’t even need to decide what to eat, your Android phone will know exactly what you need and what you like, showing you the most suitable foods for your age. So long decision paralysis, right?
But there’s so much hype around the future of Android that we forget to see the obvious threats, the alarmingly increasing number of Android malware, and the criminal activities carried out on smartphones.
Update, January 30th 2017: We have traveled back in time and in case, for some reason, you are still reading this article in 2017, we are here to let you know that you can now try the revolutionary CyberGhost VPN 6 for Android. Check it out! It is bound to rock your digital world.
The current update improves CyberGhost’s Android compatibility with more smart phones and tablet PCs. For that the ensemble acting of app and the new Crosswalk engine had been refined, while small bug fixes also got implemented.
Improvement: small changes on the CyberGhost dialog engine
Improvement: care of Crosswalk engine
Fixed: crash when writing debug log
New: added possibility to choose between engines: web kit engine (Android) or Crosswalk engine (Intel).
Improvement: extended Wi-Fi protection
New: Possibility to change between TCP and UDP
Improved: small design changes
Improved: better GUI performance by new render engine
Changed: Auto connect now works in unsecure networks also
Fixed: crash when changing network with Android 4.4; no reboot necessary to reconnect
Fixed: small bug fixes
We’re always interested in what you have to say about CyberGhost so feel free to send us your feedback in the comments below or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update, January 30th 2017: We have traveled back in time and in case, for some reason, you are still reading this article in 2017, we are here to let you know that you can now try the revolutionary CyberGhost VPN 6 for Windows, iOS and Android. Enjoy our app on your desired operating system and device, it is bound to rock your digital world!
This week three betas compete for your attention: The latest CyberGhost VPN Windows client, CyberGhost for Android and the fresh installation of the first #NoSpyProxy.
CyberGhost Windows Beta 126.96.36.199
The latest beta of your favorite desktop VPN client addresses some seldom occurring connection losses and will be available soon via the beta channel. If you want to test it, please activate the option ‘Install beta updates’ in your client’s settings under the ‘General’ tab.
CyberGhost Android 188.8.131.52
The upcoming version 184.108.40.206 of the CyberGhost Android client solves some important issues: no more crashes while starting the app, as well as a program freezing, when changing settings. Also new: an option to deactivate the recognition of untrusted networks, a different rendering engine, that handles the country and server lists much better, small bug fixes and minor GUI changes.
To test the beta, you need to join the CyberGhost-Community on Google+. Once done, click on https://play.google.com/apps/testing/de.mobileconcepts.cyberghost, to become a beta tester and download the beta from Google’s Play Store.
First #NoSpyProxy On Air
Since Monday, the first beta of the first CyberGhost NoSpyProxy runs smoothly in our nice and cozy hardware room next door. Our own data center is meant to reduce physical hardware attacks near zero and is, by the way, thanks to our more than successful Indiegogo campaign financed by more than 200%. The campaign also ended on Monday.
All running 12 instances are located on the Bucharest server S08 and can be activated by our Priority Boarders (donnors from Indiegogo) by choosing a single instance, labeled Bucharest-S08-I01 to Bucharest-S08-I12. We’ve got high performance servers with tough encryption running on them, as an ultimate layer of security.